The Knox Central Panthers wrestling team hosted the Knox County individual tournament on Saturday in Barbourville and finished as tournament champions.
Behind various individual finishes, the Panthers were left in the top spot at the end of the tournament with a team score of 131.0, defeating second place McCreary Central by 2.0 points.
Junean Asher - 5th overall
Hanna Foster - 5th overall
Ivy Partin - 4th overall
Devan Knuckles - 4th overall
Andrew Daniels - 3rd overall
Julian Blalock - 4th overall
Steve Partin - 1st overall
Dylan Smith - 4th overall
Tanner Morris - 1st overall
Hunter Messer - 1st overall
Knox Central (1st place)
McCreary Central (2nd place)
Western Hills (3rd place)
Letcher County Central
Perry County Central
Knox Central seniors Ivy Partin and Andrew Daniels were proud of their teammates and their team as a whole. They were without head coach Hunter Luttrell on Saturday. Luttrell was in attendance, but was serving the role of scorekeeper, timekeeper, and more, leaving his assistant coaches and veteran wrestlers in charge.
"I was working the tables the whole day," he said. "I got to watch our team compete as I was keeping score, but for the most part, my assistant coaches and older wrestlers handled the coaching duties. I thought every one of them did a wonderful job."
Daniels highlighted that his team's strong individual performances were expected, and coach Luttrell, and his assistants have done a great job of preparing them.
"We had a great day," he said. "We had some strong individual finishes, which made us the best team in the whole thing. Coach Luttrell was working the tables all day, and trusted us and our assistant coaches to get things done, and we did. Every one of them do a great job of preparing us."
Partin echoed Daniels' words, stating that coach Luttrell has done a great job preparing the team, and coaches Long and "Sap" were consistently there for each team member.
"Everybody did great," she said. "The team knew Hunter wouldn’t be the one coaching us, but that didn’t change any of our performances. We still had coach Long and coach 'Sap' there, and they did a awesome job of making sure everyone had at least one of them coaching them through their match. The team did really well. When it came time for one of our matches, everyone was there, on the side of the mat next to one of the coaches, just as they would have been if coach Luttrell was there. I was proud of our team."